Jenks Oklahoma – The “Other” Riverwalk


Even though it is called the Tulsa Riverwalk, Jenks Oklahoma is proud to be a part of this “other” famous river walk. Just like the one in that state to the south, this one has recreation areas, restaurants and shopping areas in the Riverfront District and River Parks.


Being a part of this first major lifestyle center with southern Tulsa, situated on the Arkansas River’s west bank, it has a mixed-use that connects many other sightseeing locations. The sights included are the Oklahoma Aquarium, the RiverSpirit Casino and Tulsa Riverparks Trail System.


The State of Oklahoma is very much American Indian influenced and this Riverwalk is no exception. It was purchased by Muscogee (Creek) Nation in 2012. Under the name RiverWalk, the name is also posted in Muscogee Creek language with “hvcce yvkvpvtv”.


Over the past 100 years or more, Jenks, Oklahoma has been a river crossing point. A single-lane bridge was built in 1910 which strengthened the area’s economic success. Construction of a two lane bridge was built in 1948 still serves as a pedestrian crossing to go back and forth from the Riverwalk and the South Tulsa River Parks. There are some columns left of the original 1910 bridge that were destroyed which can be seen when the river’s water level drops.